What the Critics say
Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
Made Only in truly great vintages. The first ever N.P.U – Nec Plus Ultra, a 1990 vintage, was released in 2002. Only four have followed since, each of different temperaments: 1995, 1996, 1999, and the very special 2003
Of the 320 villages in Champagne, only 17 are entitled to the “Grand Cru” appellation; grapes selected to create N.P.U. “Nec Plus Ultra” 2003 are sourced from just four of them: Oger, Chouilly, Verzenay and Mailly. These are the noblest amongst the Grands Crus of the north of Champagne, better suited for the crazy heatwave experienced in 2003. The different crus that are blended into the N.P.U are fermented in small wood barriques imparting even more character to a very special wine.
In 1981, Bruno Paillard is 27 years old, and with nothing but his will, he created his Champagnes in a rented cellar with carefully selected grapes from independent growers. Today, Bruno Paillard’s vineyards cover 32 hectares (79,5 acres) of land over the best Crus of Champagne. Respect of this fantastic terroir through sustainable viticulture is a priority of the house. Bruno Paillard style is the marriage of elegance and complexity which translates into a light and smooth effervescence, a remarkable purity, a true freshness and a silky texture.
|Grape Variety||Chardonnay (50%) & Pinot Noir (50%)|